The Act applies to all 'public bodies'. Under the terms of the legislation, ACCA is a 'public body'. The ACCA has sought to silence reformers by imposing its Code of Practice on not only ACCA council members but also candidates to council elections. It contains gagging orders prohibiting ACCA members from speaking out about poor ACCA policies. ACCA has also run hate campaigns in its magazine against ACCA members and has also tried to pressurize the employers of reformers. The in-house magazine remains highly censored.
Legal opinion obtained by AABA suggests that the ACCA's Code of Practice is incompatible with the Human Rights Act.
The legislation offers legal remedies against 'public bodies' breaching
the Act. If you think that a public authority has breached your Convention
rights, you can take the authority to court within a year of the
act complained of. If the court finds that a public authority has breached
your Convention rights, it can award whatever remedy is open to it and
seems just and appropriate. This could include damages.